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Graduates experience loss of direction

High school graduates have nearly three months of transition before starting college. During those months they are neither high school nor college students, a loss of direction that keeps some from showing up on the first day of college classes.

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Will Pioneer Institute knock out Common Core?

Four years ago, when 44 states had adopted the K12 curriculum standards, the whole thing seemed quiet and inevitable. Today, resistance is everywhere. Pioneer Institute has a national profile as the brains of the Common Core opposition. The institute might well succeed in its effort to knock out the Common Core. But if that happens, what comes next for education?

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School standards, curricula aren't the same

Fanning the firestorm over Common Core State Standards is the fear that by adopting common standards, states are signing onto a national curriculum and thus undermining the decisions of local school boards and educators. Standards remain constant, but curriculum can be altered locally year to year or classroom to classroom to ensure students are meeting the learning goals.

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Families expected to spend more on school items this year

Families expect to spend more on school items than they did last year, even though more than 80 percent say the tough economy still impacts their spending decisions, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual back-to-school survey.

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How a 'pop-up museum' is getting kids excited about math

What if we could change the perception of math from being an enigma to being a part of our everyday lives? One way is by making math hands-on, interactive and, yes, even fun. Children learn by playing, so we need to let them play with mathematical concepts.

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Should we stop teaching calculus in high school?

Math education needs a reboot. Kids today are growing up into a world awash in data, and they need new skills to make sense of it all. Let’s get rid of high school calculus and start teaching young students the math skills they really need.

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Empower high schoolers to save lives

Sudden cardiac arrest can strike anyone. That's more support for why a new Illinois law that requires high school students to be trained in CPR and automated external defibrillator use makes sense.

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Study finds unintended consequences of raising graduation requirements

Raising state-mandated math and science course graduation requirements may increase high school dropout rates without a meaningful effect on college enrollment or degree attainment, according to new research published in American Educational Research Association's Educational Researcher.

Why poor schools can’t win at standardized testing

The companies that create the most important state and national exams also publish textbooks that contain many of the answers. Unfortunately, low-income school districts can’t afford to buy them.

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Stepping up efforts to curb student athlete steroid use

As a result of strong policies and increased awareness of its dangers, steroid use among high school students has dropped. But the fight is far from over, and we can — and should — do better.

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